Perugia @nightBeing in Perugia during the holiday season is pure magic.  This ancient town, precariously clinging to the side of a mountain, is full of artisanal producers of chocolate, cured meats, olive oils and pastries.  It’s hard not to be stunned by Perugia’s strategic location high above the green rolling hills of Umbria’s most beautiful countryside.  The entire city feels like some kind of fairytale palace, all cut from silvery stone and bejeweled with frescoes and artwork from throughout the centuries.  I found my self openly staring, wide-eyed and openly impressed as we walked through this warmly lit, hillside city at dusk.

As we perused the main square I happened to catch a glimpse of something familiar peeking through a window…

Drusian @Caffe della Banca

There on the floor of the Caffe della Banca, was a stack of Drusian Prosecco.  This is a Prosecco I can only find in certain places in California- something artisanal and special, something that really screams “celebration” to me.  The perfect appertif wine to honor our arrival in Perugia.

In the timeless tradition of Italian hospitality, in the few hours before dinner when you stop into a cafe or Bar to have a glass of wine, the bartender will typically set out little bites to enjoy Drusian Apperitivowith your beverage.  This was one of my favorite traditions, especially while living as a student in Bologna.  Pay for a glass of vino… and you can
almost eat dinner for free.

The Drusian Prosecco is always a joy to drink.  It’s crisp, loaded with those beautiful white flower aromatics and that lemony Meyer-lemon perfume.  It’s balanced, not too sweet, and full of tiny, happy bubbles.

Joanie in Perugia

Benvenuti in Perugia!

About The Author

I love all things Italian: the beautiful country of Italia, the Italians themselves, the language, the food… and above all, I love Italian wine. The people I meet in my charmed life are fascinating, the wines are extraordinary. I needed a special place like this to write about them, and to remember them.

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8 Responses

  1. Karen

    It had to be beautiful decorated for Christmas. A enjoyed your post as I haven’t been there in several years. I love the little bites that are usually served with a cocktail in Europe.

  2. Sara

    Hi Joanie and thanks a lot for this post (and for your blog!). I am Italian, I love wine and I love the way you speak about wine! Your articles really mirror the passion you have about Italian wines and make people understand exactly what you mean when you describe a given type of wine and the sensations that arise from that.

    I notably enjoyed this post because it deals with Prosecco, one of my favourite white, sparkling wines: I live in Veneto, not far away from the area where Prosecco di Valdobbiadene is produced, and I have always believed that this wine is one of the excellent products that characterises my region! Treviso and Valdobbiadene are very well-known for the production of Prosecco, but another zone in Veneto to be famous for its wines is the province of Verona and Valpolicella. I would say that Valdobbiadene and Valpolicella are my favourite areas as far as wine production is concerned!

    • Joanie Karapetian, Italian Wine Geek

      Hi Sara,
      Thanks so much for your compliments, and for your readership! I love it when Italians read this blog and find it interesting too! Since I am an American writing from my own perspective I wonder if people in Italy find my fascination with Italy and Italian wines and food to be strange- but instead I hope you are flattered that I find your country’s culture to be so interesting! Grazie tantissimo! Joanie


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